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Feb 7, 2023 BS Murthy
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  "Addressing a gathering at Ravidas Jayanti in Mumbai recently, Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), as cited in the Organiser, dateline Feb 6, 2023, has said - “To our Creator, we are equal. There is no caste or sect. If some pundits citing scriptures are talking about caste-based discrimination, then it is false. .. We are confused in the whirlpool of the concept of caste and caste hierarchy. This confusion has to be removed." Maybe, Dr....
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None knows when Manu Smriti had its last sway, if at all, over the Indian polity but still the Hindu castes that it slighted lazily hold it against the Brahmins that it once exalted, and ominously, the evangelists cynically bash Hinduism with it to lure the former into their Semitic fold. However, this essay is not an exercise to endorse the extinct Smriti per se but an attempt to expose the perceptive vacuity and the intellectual dishonesty, as the case may be, of its debunkers.
Topics: Manu Smriti, Manu’s Laws, Laws of Manu, Manuwad, Sociology, Social studies, Social science,...
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Dec 22, 2022 BS Murthy
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The irony of the alleged lack of free speech in Modi India lies in the absolute freedom of its uninhibited propagation in its subsidiary media. In so far as the right-wing blowback in the social media, the left-libs fall short on the idiom that ‘people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’. When it comes to the ‘agencies’ knocking at free speakers’ doors, the legal dictum paraphrased as ‘one must go to town with clean hands’ has to be borne in mind by one and all. Be...
Topics: Free speech, Freedom of expression, Right to free speech, Sociology, Social sciences, Political...
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Dec 11, 2022 BS Murthy
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This is the excerpt of the eponymous chapter of 'Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel' in the public domain as free ebook depicting femme fatale Mithya's evil genius in bringing about the simultaneous end of her husband and her paramour and her audacious coveting of Dhruva the investigating officer.
Topics: Crime story, Murder mystery, Double murder, Murderess, Femme fatale, Detective story, Police...
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Nov 14, 2022 BS Murthy
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When I thought I am done with the study of interpolations in the Gita after my critique, Inane Interpolations in Bhagvad-Gita (An Invocation for their Revocation) I was tempted to turn my attention to the seldom read but much maligned Manu Smriti*. While I found that that testament is Incongruent and its motivated castigation is nothing but flogging a dead horse riding a blind donkey (an eponymous essay is due on this aspect), nevertheless, I could discern Manu’s shadow on the Gita’s path...
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Bhagavad-Gita, Gita, Manu Smriti, Manu's Laws, Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, Indian...
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Jul 22, 2022 BS Murthy
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When we (Bannu, nee, Rohini, and I) became schoolmates, we were barely ten and now as we are seventy plus, he seeks to record his questful journey as a painter to which, by and large, I was privy to. It seems as if life, at the dictates of destiny, had shaped his creative instincts in the mould of applied art, though without robbing him of the artistic impulses of his genes. Now, urged by his artistic impulses to pass through the pathless woods as he sets on a new artistic plane, I seek set his...
Topics: Biography, Auto-biography, Artist, Article, Essay, Painter, Biography, Indian art, Rock paintings,...
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Jul 21, 2022 BS Murthy
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The so-called marital rape, the act of  sexual intercourse  with one's spouse, which in popular parlance is without wife's  consent , has to be contextualized with conjugal rights, ‘especially to sexual relations, regarded as exercisable in law by each partner in a marriage’.
Topics: Marital rape, Conjugal rights, Matrimony, Marital sex, Consummation, Sexual ethics, Sexual abuse,...
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Apr 1, 2022 BS Murthy
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No less than Narendra Modi, India’s erudite prime minister, had attributed the self-disparaging Indian character to its thousand years of slavery, that too on the floor of the Indian parliament. And it’s no wonder that Asaduddin Owaisi, the Islamist revivalist in the Indian remnant, promptly contested the said proposition. Needless to say, while Modi echoed the lament of the Hindu nationalists, albeit in a politically correct vocabulary, Owaisi sees the Muslim invasion of Hindustan through...
Topics: Hinduism, Sociology, Political Sociology, Demography, Social Sciences, Indian studies, South Asian...
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Mar 18, 2022 BS Murthy
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So to say, the Macaulay Minute with Maulana’s add-ons thus shaped the fake Nehruvian ‘Idea of India’ based on the perverse narrative of tolerance of the intolerant and intolerance of the tolerant, which insensibly afflicted the Hindu mindset and the thought process in every sphere of India’s intellectual activity.    
Topics: Sociology, Media Studies, Social Sciences, Idealism, Indian studies, South Asian Studies, Political...
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Jan 30, 2022 BS Murthy
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A Satirical poem on God's creation
Topics: Genesis, God, Creation, Poem, Poetry, Free verse, Philosophy, Religion, Judaism, Christianity,...
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Jan 15, 2022 BS Murthy
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When the Semitic free run on the Hindu turf under Sonia’s proxy watch ended with the ascent of Narendra Modi onto the Delhi gaddi, the Indian agendas of the Christian west and the Muslim umma faced impediments resulting in the brouhaha over the growing religious intolerance of Hindus towards India’s minorities. Given the racial biases and the religious prejudices of both against the Hindus and that the world media, by and large is controlled by them, a critical appraisal of their propaganda...
Topics: Hinduism, Sociology, Media Studies, Indian studies, Islamic Studies, Politics of Secularism, Islam,...
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Jan 1, 2022 BS Murthy
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    Then Modi, on the anti-graft and the national security planks, arrived to wrest the decade-long power from her by busting her anti-national political gang at the hustings. Backed by the public mandate, he set out to do what he could do in his first term to reverse the ant-Hindu gear in the hostile eco-system hitherto nursed by the Nehruvian cliché. So, the sight of him unfurling the Indian tricolor from the ramparts of the Mogul built Red Fort in Maharaja’s headgear was an eyesore to...
Topics: Buddhism, India, Indian history, Indian politics, Indian Philosophy, Indian studies, Hindu Avatars,...
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Dec 4, 2021 BS Murthy
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Expanding on Peter Drucker’s ‘a first-rate truck driver is better than a tenth-rate executive’ we can say that the former could feel fulfilled on account of his sense of contribution, which would be beyond the grasp of the latter despite his material overreach. So, that is how the sense of contribution is the source of fulfillment in life that mere contentment cannot bring about.
Topics: Sociology, Philosophy, Student Achievement Motivation, Fuzzy Logic, Critical Thinking, Social...
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Nov 27, 2021 BS Murthy
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tTastrologer’s approval is unwarranted, and indeed their astrological belief must make the elders realize that their kin’s marital package can be unpacked only by that spouse who has the wherewithal for that. As for the youth, the sooner they extricate themselves from the astrologers’ compatibility quagmire the better it is for them as then and only then they would be able to marry in time to make the best of their destined life.   
Topics: Marriages, Arranged marriages, Social norms, Astrological beliefs, Indian society, Telugu...
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Why is This  Book Now? The Manusmriti, the social doctrine of yore, and the Bhagvad-Gita, the spiritual tome in vogue that lay down t he discriminatory dharma (duties) of the four social classes (castes) have been the bugbears of the Hindu backward classes. However, to their chagrin, of late, as the latter is being mindlessly promoted even though the former was constitutionally debunked, they began advocating that it too should be dumped in a dustbin. Ironically, the improbability of their...
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Gita, Hinduism, Indian Philosophy, Social Sciences, Research Methodology, Indian...
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Jul 30, 2021 BS Murthy
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It is a safe bet to say that while most might have heard about Bhagavad-Gita, hardly any would have read it (much less apprised it as can be seen here) though it contains no more than seven-hundred verses that is not counting the unnumbered opening one in its thirteenth chapter! Not only that, this, possibly, over-two-millennia-old classic could be the only epic in the world that is admired without application of mind and debunked with understandable misunderstanding as it, as it is, sanctions...
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Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Gita, Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy, Asian philosophy, Hinduism...
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Jul 27, 2021 BS Murthy
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Owing to the all-pervading pur ā nic narrative that is in tune with ­­the above, by and large, the Hindu religiosity has come to be steeped in propitiating the gods through assorted rituals and fervent prayers to avert adversity or for self-aggrandizement and /or both. It’s another matter though that in our materialistic time, it has further descended into a religious barter with gods, or worse, of seeking to bribe them that too only after they second man’s bidding! Hence, the Gita’s...
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Gita, Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy, Asian philosophy, Hinduism...
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Jul 23, 2021 BS Murthy
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ఈ 'యేడిదోడి షష్ఠిపూర్తి'' బాల్యనేస్తం యేడిద రామనాథ శాస్త్రి  అసమాన  జీవితవృత్తాంతం. దురదృష్ట వశాత్తూ కరోనా రెండవ విడత "దాత" యేడిద రామనాథ శాస్త్రిని  74వ ఏట  కబళించి అతని 'నవనిధి...
Topics: పద్యాలు, జీవితం, సామాజికం,...
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Jul 23, 2021 BS Murthy
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ఈ 'మజిలీలో మరో మలుపు' బాల్యనేస్తం యర్రమిల్లి రోహిణీ కుమార్  షష్టిపూర్తి  కి  నా  పునరావృత్తం. 'ఆర్టిస్ట్'  రోహిణీ కుమార్ అనూహ్య 'రాక్ పెయింటింగ్స్' ఆర్ట్ వరల్డ్ ని 'రాక్'...
Topics: షష్టిపూర్తి, పద్యాలు, అనుబంధాలు,...
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Jul 23, 2021 BS Murthy
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This is BS Murthy’s English rendition of Dwana Sastry’s nānēs tribute in Telugu to the  Jn ā np ē th  ascendant, Dr. C. Narayana Reddy (Cināre), on his 75 th birthday. Cingireddi Narayana Reddy  (29 July 1931 – 12 June 2017) was an Indian  Telugu -language poet and writer. Reddy had produced over eighty literary works including poems, prose-plays, lyrical plays, translations, and  ghazals . He was also a professor, lyricist, actor, and Rajya Sabha politician. Reddy was...
Topics: Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, Cinaare, Jnānpēth Awards, Telugu poets, Modern Telugu poets, English...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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Winston Churchill felt that the Indian polity was not ripe enough for independence but Mahatma Gandhi pressed for swarajya nevertheless. Some fifty-five years after Atlee freed India off the British colonial yoke, what is the bottom line of the world’s largest democracy? Barring the brief aberration that was the internal emergency imposed on it by Indira Gandhi, India, has been cruising on the path of democracy. That is about the physicality of going through electoral motions but what about...
Topics: Indian democracy, Indian polity, Indian society, Indian politics, India studies, Vote-bank...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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‘When she was as receptive to my caress at her seat,’ he always thought in puzzlement, ‘why was it that she found my hand on her breast so offensive? Oh, how she should’ve expected me to envisage the borders of her sensitivity in my state of excitation. True, she would have felt that I transgressed; yet she couldn’t have failed to feel the pulse of my love in the nuances of my touch. Didn’t my heart descend on my hand to vent its love on her frame! Oh, how it rushed to my mouth...
Topics: Indian Writing in English, Indian fiction, Indian novel, Indian literature, Love story, Book...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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Recruitment is a managerial function to enroll manpower to augment, replenish, and reinvigorate an organization’s human resource base. As the entrepreneurial efficiency and the organizational efficacy depend on the human resources, it is imperative that the recruitment be done on scientific lines in a professional mode. Sadly, though for most part, the recruitment models in most Indian organizations, especially those in the public sector, lack the needed understanding and required sensitivity...
Topics: Human Resources, HRD, Personnel recruitment, Hiring and firing, Business development, Man...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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Let the willing sell sex on their own, and see how it works for the sellers and the buyers alike, why it’s bound to benefit all, like in the rythubazars sans middlemen. But the farmers’ suicides make another story; it’s the marginal guys, who gamble on the cash crops that come a cropper; why not, lurking behind the probable windfall is the possible failure to devour; have you heard of a paddy farmer or a wheat grower committing suicide as the cash crop losers do? Yet with their eye on the...
Topics: Prostitution, Legalizing Prostitution, Legal prostitution, Sex work, Sex workers, Call girls,...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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What, then, represents true indemnity? Obviously it differs. To the nursery owner, it would appear logical, the payment of the saleable value of the damaged plants only can provide true indemnity, as their intrinsic value to him was the profit he would have normally realized from their sale, if not for the unfortunate intervention of the fire mishap, at that point of time. Any mode of compensation that does not take this reality into account, which thus falls short of value compensation, would...
Topics: General insurance, Fire insurance, Indemnity, Principle of indemnity, Fire loss, Fire claim,...
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The lament of the learned is that sparse is the space for literature in it. And their nostalgia is for the media that propped up fiction through its columns in the golden era of the novel in Europe. After all, weren’t the classics of yore dawned on the world as the serials in newspapers there? The lament continues and the nostalgia persists as the Indian media fails to address the concerns of the connoisseurs. It’s not as though it had turned its back on literature as such but has come to...
Topics: Media, Literature, Literary space, Book reviews, Literary supplement, Media publicity, Best...
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Jul 20, 2021 BS Murthy
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The refrain of a rapist is that he was unjustly arraigned even though the bitch of the accuser had equally enjoyed the fling. While the woman’s possible yielding to the rapist and her probable acquiescence during the act cannot be equated to her having had sex with him on her own volition, her violator’s averment that she enjoyed sex with him is akin to adding insult to her injury. Given that rape is ‘the act of forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse against her will’, the chemistry...
Topics: Rape, Sexual assault, Psychology of rape, Rapist, Mindset of rapists, Sociology, Behavioral...
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T ime has always been the essence of life as the very survival of the humankind is linked to its minutes and seconds, more so in this modern era. The emphatic shift of success in life to material well-being has unequivocally placed the onus on man for an efficient management of time to achieve the same. Be that as it may, time is the only resource that life has bestowed upon all men in equal measure, which no power on earth can deprive them of their un-usurpable share of it. But ironically, the...
Topics: Time, Time management, Time utilization, Value of time, Time and life, Managing time, Waste of...
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What distressed Rau most about the reviewers though was the tendency of some to wonder why the book was written at all! And it was in the advice of the reviewers that the author should cease writing that he saw the hand of cruelty in the world of letters. He wondered why they wouldn’t realize that their advice was inimical to their own interests, for without books, where would be the need for reviewers? Wasn’t there a felt need for the prevention of cruelty towards the writers? Above all,...
Topics: Indian Writing in English, Indian publishing, Indian English Writers, Indian literature, Indian...
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In his belated address to the nation, as its Prime Minister, while dealing with the populist measures ushered in by him, ostensibly ordained by Sonia to pave the prime way for her son, Dr. Singh had no qualms in appropriating to himself the 1991 economic reforms that were indeed fathered by his mentor PV Narasimha Rao. If anything, that was true to his character.  
Topics: Manmohan Singh, Indian politics, Sonia Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, Indian democracy, Political...
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Jul 19, 2021 BS Murthy
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“I have no quarrel with Gandhi the man but I have problem with the Mahatma of his,” he said and as if to remonstrate his apathy for the Gandhian values, he had an extended sip of that Laphroaic. “I’m no Gandhian and I don’t intend to be one,” he continued from where he had left. “But as is being done, I see it’s a disservice to his legacy to deify him; it’s when I approach him as man that I value him as a human being, but in his picture of mahatma, I see many a wart in his...
Topics: Gandhi, India, Non-violence, Gandhian studies, Social sciences, Political sciences, Indian Muslims,...
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The Indian legend has it that goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswathi respectively bestow wealth and learning on earth. It was the belief that both the goddesses would never bless the same soul. Such was their mythical rivalry that each would deny her munificence to the one under the other’s patronage. In the popular perception, the phenomenon of the rich merchant and the poor pundit was supposedly the manifestation of the goddesses at odds. Thus the merchant accumulated wealth nevertheless...
Topics: Literature, Indian literature, Indian English Writing, Book publishing, General fiction, Commercial...
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Jul 18, 2021 BS Murthy
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India’s West Bengal faced a Röhm moment as Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool supremo, led her party to a resounding victory in the assembly polls, however, fouled by her personal loss at the hustings. Thus, while Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, and Amit Shah, the Home Minister, who together led a no-holds-barred poll campaign to uproot the unruly Trinamool, have been licking their political wounds and counting their electoral losses, one would have expected Mamata Didi, who had the last...
Topics: Indian politics, Political science, Social science, Muslim appeasement, vote-bank politics, West...
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The spiritual ethos and the philosophical outlook that the Bhagvad - Gita postulates paves the way for the liberation of man, who, as Rousseau said, ‘being born free, is everywhere in chains’. But equally it is a mirror of human psychology, which enables man to discern his debilities for appropriate redressal. All the same, the boon of an oral tradition that kept it alive for over two millennia became its bane with the proliferation of interpolations therein. Besides muddying its pristine...
Topics: Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, Caste system, Caste discrimination, Bhagavad Gita, Dalit studies,...
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Lured by the pitch - All marriages are made in heaven but some are delayed on earth: We endeavor to hasten them all - Priya goes to Renuka Marriage Bureau. Scanning the prospects, when she spotted Venu, whom she slighted long ago, she rushes to him to bring about a dramatic encounter. What brought about Priya’s change of heart to seek her former suitor and how Venu responds to his old flame’s fresh overtures lend suspense to their romance in this eclectic novella.
Topics: Novella, Literature, Love story, Old flame, Indian Writing in English, Lesbianism, Unrequited love,...
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In this it is pointed out in this essay that the caste-oriented verses that deprecate the so-called lower castes and earmark inferior duties/menial work to them would not have been originals but latter-day interpolations for the simple reason that Krishna who propounded the Gita's philosophy himself was an Yadav, one among them.  
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Hindu philosophy, Caste system, Hindu castes, Caste discrimination, Caste biases,...
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Sadly for Bharat that is India, even as its ancient ethos was corrupted by inane interpolations in Bhagavad-Gita, its philosophical source, its post-colonial political course in its Constitution was shaped by thoughtless men that lacked hindsight, making it a double jeopardy for the Hindus, its ancient people. While the Hindu social order is beset by the caste-coloured interpolations in the Gita that exacerbate its divisiveness, its demographic matrix is upset by the thoughtless right granted...
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Indian Constitution, Constitutional Studies, Indian politics, Islam, Hinduism,...
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In his savage state, mere sounds could have been man’s communicative tools to vent out his raw feelings, limited to such as hunger and anger and pain and pleasure. However, in time, as he managed to civilize himself in communes, he would have needed some vocabulary to synchronize the habitation therein. And in that lies the seeds of the tongues, which, when whetted by the tenor of the times, could have yielded the fruits of languages. But it was the character of life, as it evolved in a given...
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau had set out to determine ‘whether there can be a legitimate political authority, since people’s interactions he saw at his time seemed to put them in a state far worse than the good one they were at in the state of nature, even though living in isolation’. Consequently, he had formulated The Social Contract ‘as the best way to establish a political community, in the face of the problems of commercial society’, with the immortal opening line, Man is born free, but...
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The raise of Narendra Modi in the Indian political firmament has brought to the fore the debate on nationalism and anti-nationalism, like never before, and that too with a rare patriotic fervor. With the unfolding events in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, it’s as if the ‘secular’ left and the ‘Hindu’ right have drawn battle lines for what could be a decisive ideological war on the Indian patriotic front. While the hitherto ideologically muzzled majority is shrill over the...
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That 9/11 in 2001, when some of the 44 passengers aboard the Al Qaeda-hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 came to know about the carnage of the World Trade Center through their cell-phones, realizing that their lives would soon end in the debris of some notable building, maybe the White House itself, they had conveyed to the callers their intent to unnerve the hijackers to avert further damage to their nation, only to perish in the process shortly thereafter.   But three years earlier, when the...
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Materials management is about the functional integration of purchase, storage, and issues that involves planning and control of the material needs of an enterprise. Since all the three activities are independent, yet interdependent, they need to be harmonized for achieving overall functional efficiency. But the hitch lays in the halo of the purchase activity entailing glamorous prominence that the other two lack. This aberration is attributable to the functional characteristics of purchasing as...
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While in his personal disposition, a liberal is ‘open-minded, not prejudiced’ (his heart), his ideological underpinnings are ‘favouring individual liberty, free trade and moderate political and social reform’ (his mind). On the other hand, a leftist is someone who vouches for ‘radical socialism that advocates the political and economic theory of social organization, wherein a whole community owns and controls the means of production, distribution, and exchange’. Thus, the...
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The secular cliché of ‘unity in diversity’ is the political myth that at long last has been done in the postcolonial India. But in reality, India is a habitat of disparate groups with varied agendas, often at conflict with the rest; here are the Hindus, the original inhabitants of the ancient Arya Varta, who form the generic majority in its partitioned portion of modern India, who are a fragmented lot on regional grounds, stratified by iron-cast caste system, though united in denying even...
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The conceptual difference, in their very rudiments, between the fire insurance and the machinery insurance that is available only as a sequel to the former, though independent of it, is this: whereas in case of fire insurance, the scope of cover is limited, ab initio, to the perils specified in the policy, the position in respect of machinery insurance is that ‘unforeseen and sudden physical damage by any cause - an omnibus proposition - not hereinafter excluded’ is deemed as the perils...
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Where to look for the soul of India in print? Is it in the writings of those for whom the muse is their mother tongue or those who happen to muse in the alien English? Where to savour the flavour of Indian life in fictional form? Is it in that ‘stronger and more important body of work of Indian writers working in English’ as trumpeted by Salman Rushdie or in the supposedly ‘true to life’ depictions (not the same thing as the examination of the human condition) on the variegate canvas of...
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Contrary to the current crop of skullcaps even on the tender heads of the Muslim kids, till the recent past, this religious symbolism was seldom on the public view save on some ageing heads of the faithful. So also, while politicians of the day, notwithstanding their ideological divisions, unite to hold iftar parties for the Muslim elite, in the bygone days, when the Congress party used to straddle the political arena like a colossus, there never was such secular farce on show. While it is...
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In his Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, quoted Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s idea of nationalism in his own words thus: ” I call myself a nationalist but my nationalism is as wide as the universe; it embraces all nations. My nationalism includes the prosperity of all nations. I want a strong India able to transfuse its strength to other nations …. Let us look for something new; let us try the power of love and God which are the truth.” Elsewhere, Gandhi had proclaimed that...
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There occurred a fire mishap in the farmhouse belonging to a gentleman of leisure, which in due course engulfed the neighborhood nursery. Among the properties destroyed in the fire or damaged during the fire-fighting operations were a large number of garden plants, in both premises, which have been insured, coincidentally, with the same underwriting office. For uniformity in loss analysis and equanimity in assessment, the underwriters chose to entrust the survey assignments of both the claims...
Topics: General insurance, Fire insurance, Indemnity, Principles of indemnity, General insurance precepts
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The value addition that an efficient material management function brings to an organization though well and widely recognized, in principle, seldom in practice, conditions conducive to it are embedded in the body management that is notwithstanding the complexities of the present day business world that necessitate them, for it to serve the organizational interests the way it is capable of and destined to.
Topics: Materials management, Purchasing funcxtion, Inventory management, Stores management
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This short story “Love Jihad”, based on Madhuri Banerjee’s prompt [*] for Times of India’s Write India Initiative (2016), is excerpted from the author’s “Stories Varied – A Book of Short Stories”, a free ebook.
Topics: Inter-faith marriage, Love jihad, Love match, Love marriage, Multi-religious society,...
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It was in 1932 that Gandhi took up the cudgels for India’s dalits, for long ostracized as untouchables, and as if to make them feel like devas, he rechristened these hapless souls as harijans, children of god. Whereas British Raj’s 1935 India Act clubbed these untouchables under a schedule for political purposes, the sovereign democratic republic of India, under the aegis of Ambedkar, not only adopted them through its 1950 constitution as schedule castes, SCs in popular parlance, but also...
Topics: Dalits, Harijans, Untouchability, Oppressed classes, Depressed classes, Hindu society, Social...
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An origination is the outcome of the desire of a group of co-activists of a given calling to organize their group activity effectively and profitably. Given that an organization needs a hierarchy to function, and, indeed, to exist, the group seeks to create one for it. The hierarchy, then, comes into being by the process of election, selection, and / or both for the ostensible purpose of promoting the interests of the group to which it owes its existence.   Human nature being what it is, each...
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“It’s the managerial environment in the organization that is the cause of delay,” read a middle-level manager’s one line rejoinder to the full page memo from his boss. Succinctly put, it summaries the perceptions of most managers at different levels in the Indian organizational setting about the environment in which they are called upon to operate. Their ineffectiveness is attributed to the incapacitating organizational atmosphere in which they are the supposedly undeserving victims.  ...
Topics: Management, Centralization, Organization, Human psychology, Human Resourses Development, man...
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The notion of fame is but the nurture of history that hangs on the thread of a name. Much before man turns fond of his name, the resumes of the greats he is made to cram ram the idea of fame in his subconscious. Just the same, the limitations of life preclude the illusions of fame from sprouting in the minds of the majority. However, it is the few truly gifted or socially privileged that sense the threshold, and if fate were to play along with their personal talents or positional advantages to...
Topics: Fame, Success, Celebrity, Popularity, Name, Importance, Vanity, Vainglorious, Human nature
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C entralization is a method of management wherein decision-making powers are concentrated by an individual at his source in an organization. If that individual happens to be the structural head, then, as illustrated below, the core of the organization itself becomes centralized. However, if delegation is practiced at the apex level, but not followed down the managerial pyramid, a mixed organizational set-up emerges. In spite of the fact that so much theory has evolved about the desirability to...
Topics: Management, Centralization, Organization, Human psychology, Human Resourses Development, man...
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Mar 29, 2020 BS Murthy
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The Hindu fundamentalism is a misnomer, coined by the cunning and subscribed by the naïve, which had come in handy to the Semitic proselytizers to undermine the Indian nationalism. Why, it should be apparent to the discerning that while the Brahmanism is orthodox, the sanatana dharma, exemplified by swadharma, is amorphous, and in them lay the social diversity of the Hindu spiritual ethos.”    
Topics: Hindutva, Hinduism, Saffronisation, Hindu fundamentalism, Hindu theocratic state, Hindu India,...
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Mar 27, 2020 BS Murthy
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In its primitive form, laws were made to punish those crossing the legal boundaries drawn around individual social spaces and invariably it was the have-nots who were left catching the wrong end of the legal stick of trespass. Why, in the 19 th Century England, many a hapless and hungry ended up on the gallows for stealing, believe it, a loaf of bread! If the harshness of the sentence mirrors the ‘unjustness’ of that age, that someone was caught in the act of pick-pocketing at the public...
Topics: capital punishment, death penalty, Murder by the satae, unjust punishment,, Criminal justice,...
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Mar 27, 2020 BS Murthy బియస్ మూర్తి
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  ఈ   ' తప్పటడుగులు '  పెళ్లంటే బస్సులో హడావిడిగ జేబుఱుమాలు పరిచి సీట్ సొంతం చేసుగునే వ్యవహారం   మాత్రమే . తొలి ఆకర్షణే వివాహ యోగ్య o అనుకోవడం అవివేకం . శారీరికత మానసికతని అన్వయించిన...
Topics: Telugu Short Story, Telugu Love Story, Telugu variety story, Variety katha, Kotha taraha katha,...
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Dec 2, 2019 BS Murthy
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Mohammed Ali Jinnah got what he wanted for the Musalmans of Hindustan, though in time, their religious fervour turned Pakistan into a Rogue State.        What of India, the product of an irony of a partition? While the Hindu nationalists lamented about the loss of the country’s land, the  Musalman intellectuals were alarmed at their reduced numbers vis-à-vis the Hindus. Even as the Golwalkars articulated the Hindu frustration in shrill voices, the Maulana Azads voiced the Muslim fears...
Topics: Indian constitution, world’s longest constitution, World’s largest democracy, Constitutional...
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The literary journey of an  novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004,  underscores the human possibilities amidst the imponderables of life.   May gather the author's works in the public domain at Internet Archive...
Topics: Author, Literature, Literary pursuit, Creative writing, Fictional writing, Novel writing, Indian...
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Oct 2, 2019
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It's about the poetic plight of an unheralded author in the state of the publishing limbo
Topics: Author, Writer, Author, Unheralded Author, Unpublished Writer, Novelist, Indian Writer in English,,...
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May 26, 2019
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Nathuram Godse,  in his ‘Why I killed Gandhi’ testimony had stated, “ I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future.” Here's is a humble attempt at that.
Topics: Godse, Gandhi, Gandhi's assassination, Hindutva, Indian politics, Gode’s statement, Nehru, RSS,...
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Apr 18, 2019 BS Murthy
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Darwin would have it that humans had evolved from simians. But what about the varied species of animals, birds, to name a few, besides the innumerable varieties of vegetation that abound the world? Here’s a thesis that postulates that indeed all had evolved from a single source that’s ‘onam’.   This thesis was originally published as  "Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the world" in  The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004. 
Topics: Origins of life, Human Evolution, Evolution of the species, Origins of the world, Evolution of...
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‘Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’ so opined William von Humboldt. In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy of the song that is the Gita is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension. The general consensus is that the in vogue Gita of 700 slokas has many an interpolation in it,...
Topics: Bhagvad-Gita, Hinduism, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy, Philosophy, Indian literature, Indian...
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Feb 10, 2019 BS Murthy
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The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification.   However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might...
Topics: Literature, Literary novel, Literary fiction, General fiction, Classical novel, Indian classical...
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Jan 28, 2018 BS Murthy బియస్ మూర్తి
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This is an audio rendition by Vadlamani Kameswara Rao of Kosuri Raghava's Dasaavataara stotramulu in the style as passed on from generation to generation in Konaseema, Andhra Pradesh, India, to be preserved for future generations. కోనసీమలో ఈ 'కోసూరి రాఘవ' విరచిత దశావతార స్తోత్రములు షుమారు వంద సంవత్సరాలకు పైగా ప్రాచుర్యం లో...
Topics: Dasavatar, Telugu devotional, Telugu spiritual, Dasavatara Sthotramulu, Vishnu's avatars, ,,...
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This audio rendition of Cantos 20 thru 22 of BS Murthy’s "Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey" depicts the encounter between Ravan and Seetha, whom he kidnapped to Lanka. While Bhagvad-Gita is taken for a philosophical guide / as reflected in the author’s “Treatise of Self-help” that’s also in the public domain, Sundara Kãnda is much sought after for spiritual solace. Though many believe that reading this part of Valmiki Ramayana, or hearing it recited, would remove all...
Topics: Audio books, Audio verses. Valmiki Ramayana, Ramayana, Sundara Kanda, Classic literature, Sanskrit...
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The text and context of this audio rendition -  The spiritual ethos and the philosophical outlook that the Bhagavad-Gita postulates paves the way for the liberation of man, who, as Rousseau said, ‘ being born free, is everywhere in chains’ . But equally it is a mirror of human psychology, which enables man to discern his debilities for appropriate redressal.     All the same, the boon of an oral tradition that kept it alive for over two millennia became its bane with the proliferation...
Topics: Audio Book, Bhagvad Gita, Bhagavad Gita, Gita, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy,...
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Jun 29, 2016 BS Murthy
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Stories Varied delve into the possibilities of woman’s life in the man’s world. While 'Ilaa’s Ire' takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, ‘201’ Qualms depicts her predicament when torn between trust and duty.  If “?” addresses woman’s marital stress in an alien land, 'Cupid’s Clue' is about her acting on a rebound in the native place.  Even as 'Autumn Love' enables a woman to discover the void late in life, 'A Touchy Affair' renders her amenable to her...
Topics: Short stories, Indian short stories, love stories, Indian love stories, romance, Indian romance,...
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Jun 29, 2016 BS Murthy
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Stories Varied delve into the possibilities of woman’s life in the man’s world. While 'Ilaa’s Ire' takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, ‘201’Qualms depicts her predicament when torn between trust and duty.  If “?” addresses woman’s marital stress in an alien land, 'Cupid’s Clue' is about her acting on a rebound in the native place.  Even as 'Autumn Love' enables a woman to discover the void late in life, 'A Touchy Affair' renders her amenable to her...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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A compendium of the author’s Indian stage and radio plays: "Slighted Souls" is a poignant love story set in rural Telangana, beset with feudal exploitation of the downtrodden   dalits.  Besides forcing the  dalits  to toil in the fields as bonded labor without impunity, the land owning   doras   had no qualms in reducing the womenfolk of this ilk as sex slaves in the   gadis,  which results in an armed rebellion engulfing two young lovers. "Men at work on Women at...
Topics: Stage-plays, Indian-stage-plays, Radio-plays, Drama, Indian drama, Theatre, drama, indian drama,...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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Even as Detective Dhruva was enamored of Kavya, whom he rescues from her kidnapper, Radha, an alleged murderess on the run, gatecrashes into his life. But when Kavya too joins him after her man was poisoned there ensues the tussle of a love triangle, which gets unraveled in a poignant end, but not before a series of murders. So, then who could have poisoned Ranjit the realtor, Shakeel the Inspector, Pravar the criminal and Natya his accomplice? Well the needle of suspicion tilted towards Pravar...
Topics: Crime thriller, Indian crime thriller, Crime novel, Indian crime novel, Mystery novel, Indian...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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In a stream of consciousness mode ‘Glaring Shadow’ is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.  This philosophical ‘novel of a memoir’ is a compelling read that is conducive to contemplate...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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It's perilous penning this blurb.  It's fine when man is modest about his work.  It even affords him the aura of an invisible crown! But what about his work?  Were it an art or craft, it is there for all to see. What of a literary work of an unheralded author?  Well, lauding the same might raise one's eyebrows.  Failing to praise wouldn't make a 'jewel-less crown' either!  Why not see, if this is the great Indian novel. This is the story of the rise and fall of an ambitious man, the...
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If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road. As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment. And as poetic justice would have it, Sathya, who caused Prema's...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification.   However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might...
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The sublimity of Muhammad's preaching in Mecca and the severity of his sermons in Medina make Islam a Janus-faced faith that forever bedevils the mind of the Musalmans.   This thought-provoking work, besides dissecting the anatomy of Islam, steeped in the Quran, seeks to depict the psyche of the Musalmans, shaped by the proclivities of their prophet, vicissitudes of his life and the attitudes of his detractors, which the mechanism of their umma perpetuates.   More to the point, aided by...
Topics: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Muhammad,Islam, Islamic terrorism, radical Islam, fidayeen, women...
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Nov 2, 2014 BS Murthy
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While Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading Sundara Kãnda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it's in the nature of Sundara Kãnda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in man for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. Besides, it portrays how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes...
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' Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’ – so opined William von Humboldt. Though it is a matter of consensus that Bhagvad-Gita in the present length of seven hundred verses has many an interpolation to it, but no meaningful attempt has ever been made to delve into the nature and extent, not to speak of the effect of these on the Hindu society at large. The moot point that has missed the attention of all, all along, is...
Topics: Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita, Hindu philosophy, Indian philosophy, Mahabharata, Krishna, Sanskrit epics,...